ATLANTA (AP) The estates of two Atlanta police officers who died in a helicopter crash have filed lawsuits against companies that manufactured and maintained the chopper. <br />
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports attorneys for the estates of the two officers filed lawsuits in Fulton County Superior Court against a number of companies. The suits allege there were problems with the design and construction of the helicopter and its parts. <br />
Officers Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley died when the helicopter crashed into power lines in Atlanta while they were searching for a missing 9-year-old boy in November 2012. <br />
The National Transportation Safety Board investigated and ruled in March that the helicopter likely crashed because the pilot was flying too low and was unable to see a power pole and wires during the search.